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Re: Rhythm perception
Intuitively, I would say that it's something we learn, = culture.
At the same time, as a practicing composer and percussionist, I think
some of the most compelling examples are when we break the pattern
for a while, leaving the listener with a choice (rhythmic
illusions?). There are many examples in jazz and rock music where
this effect is being used (although I'm too tired or lazy to list any
particular right now). The first one that came to my mind is, I
think, a Led Zeppelin, where half way into the theme, the beat is
Also, as a composer, I have noticed that sometimes my scores
initially appear to be quite difficult for musicians to play. In my
most recent piece, TXTULTR, I decided to work in 5/4, allowing for
phrases to carry over 3 bars. The bare computer/MIDI rendition
sounded quite different to the real version, as the real musicians
were trying to make musical sense of each phrase.